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Water from Powell Street BART station to heat downtown San Francisco

By District Energy posted 07-24-2019 13:47


Theophile Larcher, San Francisco Examiner


A new water recycling project unveiled Tuesday using water drained from the Powell Street BART station to generate energy is expected to save around 30 million gallons of water a year.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday announced the $3.5 million project at the Energy Center San Francisco District Energy Plant in the South of Market, which will redirect water from a foundation drainage system at the Powell Street BART Station into the ECSF’s District Energy Plant. The plant, which will boil the water to produce steam, will provide heating, hot water and steam to hotels and buildings in downtown San Francisco.

The project will result in a 30 million-gallon annual savings, an amount that can serve roughly 2,000 households in San Francisco.

“We want to embrace the spirit of innovation and look at new ways to maximize resources,” said SFPUC’s General Manager Harlan L. Kelly.

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